Synagogues in Germany, a 2004 exhibition, presented virtual reconstructions of 14 major synagogues in pre-1938 Germany. The exhibition was based on a project initiated in 1994 by students of the Darmstadt Technical University’s Department of Architecture, following an arson attack on the synagogue of Luebeck, Germany. The students chose to reconstruct 14 synagogues, destroyed mostly during Kristallnacht (the November Pogrom, 1938). Their aim was double-fold: to create interest in valuable historical monuments lost as a result of racial violence, and to commemorate Jewish life in pre-Nazi Germany - and its destruction.
The exhibition comprised three sections: two historical introductions and a major display. The first section unfolds the process of legal discrimination and social ostracism of the Jews, which culminated in the 1938 November Pogrom. The second displays photographic documentation of the synagogues’ destruction process. The third and major display presents the reconstructions of 14 synagogues. This section comprises, among others, of screenings of three elaborate simulation-films, and over ten computer working-stations, where the visitors are invited to take virtual tours inside and around the synagogues.
An Exhibition of the Darmstadt University of Technology / Department CAD in Architecture and the Art and Exhibition Hall of the Federal Republic of Germany, realized by the German Institute for Foreign Cultural Relations and displayed at Beit Hatfutsot in cooperation with the Goethe Institute, Tel Aviv. Opening ceremony, courtesy of Mr. Henri Zimand, Monaco, in memory of his beloved wife, Anda Zimand. 24 February-20 August, 2004 The Lady Sarah Cohen and the Clement Gilbraut-Rothschild Exhibition Halls. The travelling exhibition was sponsored by The display at Beit Hatfutsot was funded by kulturstiftung des bundes Federal Cultural Foundation, Germany The Joseph Alexander Foundation, New York Related sites: Synagogues in Germany - A Virtual Reconstruction TU Darmstadt Fachbereich Architektur Documentation of German and Austrian Synagogues destroyed by the Nazis Other Synagogues in the Diaspora